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Intense schedule no problem for surging Bay kickers

Beat BC and tie DSHA

May 8, 2012

There's no denying that Whitefish Bay girls soccer coach Robert Williams and his Blue Dukes would like to have those first two North Shore Conference losses back.

Those defeats, to top-ranked in state Cedarburg and to fifth-ranked Germantown were part of a three-game losing streak and dropped the Blue Dukes out of state polls and are part of a very intense and difficult schedule for Bay.

But those things are now in the past, as Bay is now on a 4-0-1 run, including a 2-0 win over second-ranked in state Brookfield Central (9-3) and a 0-0 tie against sixth-ranked DSHA (7-3-2) in the North Shore/Greater Metro challenge last weekend.

"It was a good weekend for us," said Williams. "It would have been nice to get the outcome (we wanted) against DS, the kids were a little upset about that, but now the important thing is, is that we're playing better soccer. The kids are trusting what we're telling them and trusting their roles."

"Whether it's two minutes, five minutes or 20 minutes at a crack, they're all getting it done."

Bay started the week at 2-2 in North Shore and 7-3-2 overall. The Blue Dukes are in critical stretch of games, including a North Shore game against seventh-ranked Grafton (9-3-2) on May 8, a home nonconference game against ninth ranked Waukesha West on Thursday, May 10 (7 p.m.) and a visit to always dangerous North Shore rival Homestead (7-4) on Tuesday, May 15 ( 7 p.m.).

"The girls came in with a chip on their shoulders last week," said Williams. "We told them that we can't get caught up in the fact that we're not ranked. They ask me about that and I tell them 'Here's our chance to do something about it.'"

"But this is a hard stretch of games. Next year, I'm going to have someone check my schedule before I turn it in (laughs)."

The Blue Dukes scored two goals within three minutes of each other in the first half to beat Central last Friday. Leah Rothstein got the first one and then Annie Beckman got the second with help from Rothstein.

Abby Starker had four saves for Bay.

Williams said that Bay had two good chances in the tie with DS last Saturday. On one, the Dashers' goalie made a good play and on the other one, the ball went over the crossbar.

"We'll do better with that next time," said Williams.

He praised the efforts of Cassidy Blanchard for her defense, Beckman for her leadership and Caroline Fink and Gilly Maxwell for their overall play.

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